second, syria is the keystone country of the middle east. if you look at the map, who are its neighbors? israel, jordan, turkey, iraq. if the civil war in syria continues and spreads and engulfs lebanon or affects israel's northern bored or destabilizes our friend and ally jordan, the situation is much worse. so if you don't act, the situation could get worse. third, and a strategic consideration, who's helping assad, the dictator of syria? the iranians. hezbollah and russia. if that unholy trinity achieves a military victory in syria, and if we lose, turkey loses, jordan loses, israel loses, the palestinians lose, by the way, too, i don't want that signal to be sent in the middle east. i don't want iran ascend dant in the middle east. so we should not put american troops on the ground.